Tenure-Track Associate Professor in Demography and Population Studies

The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong (HK)
Jun 06, 2024
Aug 05, 2024
Position Type
Faculty, Associate Professor
Interest Area
Work Mode
Full Time
Employment Sector

The University of Hong Kong

Tenure-Track Associate Professor in Demography and Population Studies

Applications are invited for appointment of as Tenure-Track Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and the HKU Research Hub of Population Studies (Ref.: 526937), to commence on July 1, 2025 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three- year fixed-term contract. Exceptionally outstanding candidates may be considered for appointment on direct tenure terms subject to the University's approval.

The Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU

The Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong was established in 1967 and has undergone rapid expansion and significant transformation since then. It comprises the Departments of Geography, Politics and Public Administration, Psychology, Social Work and Social Administration, Sociology, and Journalism and Media Studies Centre. The Faculty aims to contribute to the advancement of society and the development of leaders locally, regionally, and globally, seeking to make a positive social contribution through a global presence, regional significance and engagement with the rest of China. The Faculty delivers impact through internationalization, innovation and interdisciplinarity. It attracts and nurtures global scholars through excellence in research, teaching and learning and knowledge exchange.

The Faculty has been a major research hub in the region and was ranked 5th in Asia and 32nd in the world in 2024 according to the QS World University Ranking. Among the six departments, four ranked top 3 in Asia and three ranked top 25 in the world. Our ongoing success propels us toward our goal of becoming the foremost social sciences institution in Asia. More information about the Faculty can be found at https://www.socsc.hku.hk.

HKU Research Hub of Population Studies

HKU Research Hub of Population Studies aims to provide an understanding of local, national, regional, and international demographic patterns, encompassing six research areas: Ageing, Children and Family, Gender and Sexuality, Health and Mortality, Population and Development, and Urbanisation and Migration. The Hub focuses on multi-disciplinary research concerning various population-related issues and public policy, addressing the global needs for theoretical, methodological, and practical advancements in population and health research. HKU Research Hub of Population Studies is determined to achieve the following: (a) To lead university-wide initiatives to examine the trends, causes, and consequences of population processes; (b) To provide a platform for communication among leading population scientists and dissemination of the latest cutting-edge interdisciplinary population research findings; (c) To serve as a bridge between academia and the wider community on population-relevant issues, facilitating dialogues among academics, policymakers, and community leaders to formulate evidence-based population policies; (d) To develop professional training programmes in Population Studies, equipping students with highly sought-after knowledge in demography and data analysis skills. Further information about the Hub can be obtained at https://www.socsc.hku.hk/rhps.


Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in related fields, with preference given to those with a research focus on demography or criminology. They should have distinguished achievement of excellence in research as evidenced by high quality track records of international publications in leading academic journals and research grant income. The appointee is expected to maintain an active research programme, and be responsible for teaching courses and supervising students at both graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as contributing to the administration of academic programmes. Applicants who are aligned with the academic disciplines represented by the departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences, and who are able to reach out to colleagues across the disciplines in our Faculty and University are preferred.

What We Offer

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

How to Apply

The University only accepts online application for the above post. Applicants should apply online at the University’s careers site (https://jobs.hku.hk) and upload (1) an up-to-date CV, (2) a research plan, 3) a teaching statement, and (4) state the contact information of three referees on the online application form. Review of applications will start as soon as possible and continue until August 31, 2024, or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency